Political Chatter: State Senate Changing As Times Change

Minnesota senators took an abrupt about-face moments after the legislative session ended with shouting and confusion. Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk did not want his colleagues to leave, even though the midnight hour had passed. “It’s a pretty emotional time,” Bakk said before delivering quiet recitation that centered on the Senate preparing to meet away…
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With More Budget Vetoes, Session And Shutdown Preparations Begin

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has vetoed legislation funding state programs ranging from education to the parks, setting up a special legislative session and launching preparations for a potential partial government shutdown. On Saturday, Dayton vetoed spending bills for agriculture, environment, jobs, economic development and energy. He already had rejected an education spending bill, meaning nearly…
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Dayton Signs Four Budget Bills, Three Left

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton Friday signed half of the state’s budget bills into law. On Thursday, he vetoed an education spending bill, leaving three more for him to sign or veto Saturday. He already vetoed one. The bills are part of a package that would spend nearly $42 billion in the next two years. The…
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Education Layoff Notices Coming

Minnesota’s education funding dispute means more than 800 state education workers will begin receiving layoff notices June 1, with any actual layoffs not starting until July 1. Gov. Mark Dayton said he regrets the need to upset workers’ lives, but state law requires that workers who could be laid off receive a month’s advance notice,…
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What To Know About Special Session

Why? Special legislative sessions are called when the Legislature does not complete its work, needed bills are vetoed and must be repassed or an urgent need arises, such as a disaster. This year? Gov. Mark Dayton says he will call a special session to pass an education funding bill more to his liking. But unlike…
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